So, you have finalized Groodle as your next dog and is concerned about health-related issues a Groodle may have? Well, first of all, congratulations on choosing one of the best dogs for you. And yes, you have just landed in the right place as we are going to add all health issues related to a Groodle dog.
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Commonly known as a Goldendoodle, Groodle is a cross between the energetic Golden Retriever and hypoallergenic Poodle. Due to its wonderful features, it has become one of the most popular hybrid dog breeds around the world.
Before getting a new dog breed, it is recommended to check for several facts and important things related to that very breed, such as pros, cons, and health-related issues. We have already written a detailed post on Groodle cons, and in this post, we’ll feature some common diseases related to them.
1: Hip Dysplasia
Groodles may inherit Hip Dysplasia from Golden Retrievers because they are prone to this hip socket abnormality like other large-sized breeds. This painful disease can result in Arthritis of joints. The dogs with Hip Dysplasia face difficulty in moving and refuse to walk in most of the cases. Sometimes, while walking, they sit down and won’t walk more. In such symptoms, you should take your Groodle or any other dog to vet immediately.
The vet will conduct a physical examination and an x-ray of the dog’s hip joint. In extreme cases, the dog may need surgery while in normal cases, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy may help.
2: Elbow Dysplasia
Its a bit different and more painful disease than Hip Dysplasia, and is common in large sized dog breeds such as Rottweiler, Labrador, and Golden Retrievers. Groodles may inherit it from their parent breeds.
For its diagnosis, the veterinarian conducts several lab tests including an MRI and a CT scan. As it is a complex medical condition, the recovery of your doggy may take some time as it usually involves surgery and physiotherapy.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in dogs that causes frequent seizures and the dogs collapse during these epileptic seizures. Groodles may get this severe medical condition from Poodle and Golden Retriever. During the epileptic seizures, the dog may lose control and move irregularly.
As it is a neurological disorder and may be a lifelong disease for your dog, it should be treated immediately after the early symptom is witnessed. The vet will conduct a detailed physical checkup and a couple of lab tests. Seizures can be controlled through medicine so you shouldn’t let your pooch miss a single dose of his medicine.
4: Separation Anxiety:
Sometimes, your dogs get so much affectionate with their owners that they can’t even spend a moment without them. So when left alone for some time, they behave aggressively. There may be many other reasons behind separation anxiety such as change of ownership, routine, or abuse in the past. Separation Anxiety can further cause destructive chewing, aggressiveness, and inappropriate behavior.
It is better to talk to your vet for its treatment because it is really very important to rule out the exact reason. After that it can be treated accordingly.
5: von Willebrand’s disease
von Willebrand’s Disease is one of the most common bleeding disorders in the dogs which is caused by lack of von Willebrand’s factor (vWF). vWF is a glycoprotein in the blood that helps blood to clot. Lack of this glycoprotein is dangerous because excessive bleeding may be started in case of injury. Not only this, but they may also have symptoms like bloody urine, and bleeding from nose, gums, and vagina
There are two different tests; one is to check the presence of von Willebrand’s Factor while the other one is the buccal mucosal screening time test. There is no cure for this disease, instead, the vets need to be careful while performing any sort of surgery, as they may need to use clotting agents to avoid excessive bleeding.
Genetics Tests to do Before Getting a Groodle
It is recommended to get a dog from a reputable breeder to reduce the risks of different common diseases. Along with that, perform the following important lab tests.
|Dog Breed / Type||Tests to be performed
|Golden Retriever||Hips, Eyes, Elbows, Cardiac, Thyroid,
|Poodle||Hips, Eyes, von Willebrand's Disease
|Standard Poodle||Hips, Eye, von Willebrand's Disease, Thyroid
|Mini Poodle||Hips, Eyes, von Willebrand's Disease, Patellar Luxation, PRA DNA Test,
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